Commons People: What music are party leaders listening to?

To say that this has been a stressful election in the UK would be considered an understatement. We've had leaders ducking debates, ducking issues, ducking questions, pretty much just ducking everything that seems to get thrown at them. But in this new era of "personality politics", what do we really know about any of them, given that most aren't even willing to answer the most humbling question honestly. So we thought why not look into their music tastes. After all, we all know we can judge a person's character pretty well from their choice in music, so why not have them go head-to-head our own iPod Shuffle of guilty pleasures and personal delights.

NOTE: Just for completely clarity, we were unable to track down any musical taste for UKIP's Paul Nuttall, leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood, and The Green Party's Caroline Lucas. Both Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon have appeared on BBC's Desert Island Discs, and Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have also gone on the record about their taste in music. So we can only comment on those four.

Conservatives - Theresa May

'Walk Like A Man' – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
'The Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium' – Capella Gregoriana
'Concerto for Cello in E Minor' – Edward Elgar
'Dancing Queen' – Abba
'The Rondo from the Abdelazer Suite' – Henry Purcell
'The Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute' – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Will you look at this pretentious guff! Four pieces of classical music, a suitably on-point political move in 'Walk Like A Man', and probably what she considers a contemporary choice in the form of ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'. I'm mean I'm not hating on ABBA, but if she really liked them, she'd probably come up with a better answer than the one song that every woman of a certain age knows the words to. I mean, this is some seriously condescending bollocks, but then again, she isn't looking for the youth vote so we can't blame her for not trying to reach out a little. Although she does lose points for banning Tyler, The Creator from the UK during her time as Home Secretary as well.

Labour - Jeremy Corbyn

'I'll Take You There' - The Staple Singers
'A New England' - Kirsty MacColl
'Ludlow Massacre' - Woody Guthrie
'Natural Woman' - Carol King
'Clever Trevor' - Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Now this screams of a man who knows his own life. While he has managed to avoid the cliche of including Labour's most famous musical supporter Billy Bragg, he has snuck him in as the original performer of Kirsty MacColl's 'A New England'. He is definitely a man of good taste who isn't necessarily looking to appeal to younger voters here, but his honesty is obviously respectable. I personally saw him as more of a Bruce Springsteen man myself, but hey ho.

Liberal Democrats - Tim Farron

'Lovely Rita' – The Beatles
'Riders On The Storm' – The Doors
'What’s Going On' – Marvin Gaye
'Looking For A Kiss' – New York Dolls
'Pretty Vacant' – Sex Pistols
'London Calling' – The Clash
'Germ Free Adolescent' – X Ray Specs
'Hong Kong Garden' – Siouxsie and the Banshees
'Ever Fallen In Love' – The Buzzcocks
'Pearly Dew Drops Drops' – Cocteau Twins
'Story of the Blues' – Wah!
'Girls On Film' – Duran Duran
'Goodbye Lucille#1 (aka ‘Johnny Johnny’)' – Prefab Sprout
'Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now' – The Smiths
'Song 2' – Blur
'Sylvie' – St Etienne
'The State That I Am In' – Belle and Sebastian
'Since I Left You' – The Avalanches
'Last Nite' – The Strokes
'PIN' – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
'505' – Arctic Monkeys
'Rabbit Heart' – Florence and the Machine
'Love Is A Losing Game' – Amy Winehouse
'Fell In Love With A Girl – The White Stripes
MY KZ UR BF – Everything Everything
Honey – Swim Deep

I know it's a big one, but I've actually had to cut it down to just the highlights. But look at this wonder of musical taste! It's all in there. From some absolutely belting classics, right through to some more contemporary hits. This is someone who clearly knows a tune when he hears it. And yet it is still surprising that a politician would be interested in such a range of musical ideas. But I guess that is just the Lib Dem mantra; all the ideas, all the opinions, all the time.

Scottish National Party - Nicola Sturgeon

'Step Inside Love' - Cilla Black
'Freedom Come All Ye' - Pumeza Matshikiza
'Ordinary World' - Duran Duran
'Letter From America' - The Proclaimers
'My Love is Like A Red, Red Rose' - Robert Burns, sung by Eddi Reader
'Wuthering Heights' - Kate Bush
'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves' - Eurhythmics and Aretha Franklin
'Something Inside So Strong' - Labi Siffre

Again, this one feels almost as phoney as Theresa May's choices. Cilla Black? Really? 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves'? Again with the cliched feminist anthems. Plus she seems to have waggled some Proclaimers and Robert Burns in there as well, because you know, Scotland. But unlike Theresa's, it still has this actual sense of taste in there. Kate Bush is a great shout, as well as throwing in Duran Duran and not making it one of their most famous tunes. In all, this seems like the most political motivated selection, but one we can still appreciate.


So there we have it. The one-the-record musical tastes of four of the country's major political party leaders. I feel like we have learned something about each of them from their choices. It may not sway you much in the voting booth this week, but I guess you can now see who the most human ones seem to be.